While you were busy sculpting your Movember facial hair, architects everywhere were putting the finishing touches on their own impressive designs. From underwater rooms to homes inspired by racecars, the houses built this month strove to reach new heights. Trends in architecture for November included an emphasis eco-friendliness, an attempt to maximize the potential of small spaces, and an effort to find solitude from the outside world. All the houses on this list are escapes from the everyday norm, whether in shape, location, or design. Check out the innovative constructions this month with Fresh Builds: The Coolest Houses of November 2013.

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